Train as an infant massage instructor

Learn how to teach infant massage with our baby massage instructor course across the UK and in your home. Our 'open' infant massage instructor training courses are held in Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, Hull, Cardiff in Wales, London, Doncaster, Manchester, York, Newcastle, Peterborough and also Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland.

Due to COVID -19 uncertainly we are postponing our face to face courses until after 1st June. You are welcome to book on face to face courses now for dates after the 1st June. If you want to start training before that time we have our established online distance learning options. We are offering £100 off our distance learning individual courses and £200 off our combined online instructor training courses booked up until social distancing is lifted in the UK due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Instructor training prices
Face to face Diploma in Teaching Infant Massage - £385pp
Distance learning Diploma in Teaching Infant Massage - NOW £255 until social distancing is lifted in the UK (usual price £355
In house Diploma in Teaching Infant Massage - from £283pp
One to one training either face to face or virtually face to face - from £500pp

We offer discount for booking 2 or more people on the same course, or 10% off if you book your face-to-face course more than two months in advance. We also now offer a Fast Track option for our distance learning courses. Please note early bird discount not available when sale prices are offered.


We also offer a range of other learning options such as in house infant massage instructor courses for children centres and charities, distance learning and one to one training, as well as bespoke options.

Our aim is to train you to be able to deliver a really flexible way of teaching infant massage. We train you in our 4 and 5 week course structure for groups and individuals but really want you to be able to teach it the way your clients and customers need you to.

We have trained people over 2000 infant massage and baby yoga instructors who are out there teaching infant massage to parents and babies in many different settings such as private practice, children's and Flying Start centres, nurseries, paediatric wards, Portage services and additional needs school nurseries, social services, cardiac units and special care baby units to name a few.


What is infant massage?

Infant massage is one of the easiest and most pleasant methods of providing early positive interaction through bonding, fun, trust and relief whilst incorporating nurturing touch, massage and reflexology.

What’s the aim of the diploma in teaching infant massage?

The infant massage instructor training course is designed to provide practitioners with the knowledge and teaching ability to safely and effectively deliver infant / baby massage sessions and courses to parents and babies within a variety of individual and group settings. This will also include being able to deliver online sessions to parents and babies.

What age of babies is infant massage suitable for?

Infant massage can be used from birth and on into the Early Years. We find that most parents attend classes with their babies from around 4/5 weeks up until the babies are wriggling/ crawling away (around 7-10 months). Although the techniques can be used with older babies and toddlers the above is usually typical of an infant massage class or session.

Who can go on the infant massage instructor course?

You’ll need to be experienced in just one of the following:

  • Childcare practitioner such as a nursery nurse, nanny or childminder
  • Sure Start / children's centre worker
  • Massage therapy
  • Bodywork
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Health care worker (nurses, health visitors and midwives)
  • Parent or experience of children
What can I expect to learn?
  • Principles, history and benefits of infant massage
  • Preparing for baby massage classes
  • Safety aspects and explanations
  • Infant development in relation to infant massage
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Health considerations for baby massage classes
  • Infant massage strokes and movements
  • Infant massage in different circumstances
  • Infant massage in groups and with individuals
  • Setting up and marketing your infant massage business
  • Running infant massage courses both face to face and virtually online
How is it taught?

Open courses:
This is our popular and highly accredited blended learning course. There are 3 online theoretical modules to complete in advance of the one super practical face to face day. Case studies and post course assessments follow.

In House courses for Children's Centres and other organisations/ groups:
We offer both blended learning one day and also 2 day face to face options.

Do I need to complete case studies with real parents and babies?

Yes on all of our courses you will need to complete a group case studies with at least 4 parents and babies and a one to one case study with one parent and baby. We advise on the course how best to get these volunteers together.

What will I receive at the end of the course?

You’ll receive a diploma in teaching infant massage (Instructor Course).

Please note this is a therapy diploma and not an academic diploma. Please note this is not a 'hands on' massage qualification and will qualify you to teach parents to massage their babies. You will not be qualified to massage babies yourself.

This course is also externally CPD (Continuing Professional Development) accredited by the CPD Standards Office and this is stated on your qualification certificate on completion.

Is the course accredited or recognised by any other organisations?

Our highly accredited baby massage instructor training face to face courses are fully approved , accredited and validated b the following organisations:

We are currently the ONLY UK training company to have both our Face to face and Distance Learning instructor training in Infant Massage and Baby Yoga accredited by the Royal College of Midwives.

These distance learning baby massage teacher training courses are also validated and accredited by

This means that you can join the CThA, IPTI, IICT or FEDANT Professional Register and gain insurance for your practice. Our distance learning course for baby massage training is recognised by Westminster Indemnity, FEDANT and The CPD Standards Office.


Do I need any equipment?

You’ll need a doll (preferable soft bodied), towel, small blanket and a cushion.

Can I train in baby yoga as well?

Yes we also offer a baby yoga instructor course. This can be taken separately or combined with any baby massage course to for a further discount. We also offer toddler yoga instructor training as well.


What else is included?
  • All tuition will be led by Julie Cleasby who is an experienced infant massage and baby yoga instructor, registered paediatric nurse and health visitor or one of her experienced team.
  • Our team of trainers have backgrounds in midwifery, health visiting, child development, teaching, massage, physiotherapy bringing a wide variety of skills and experience. They have all also previously trained with To Baby and Beyond themselves.
  • Access to monthly webinars with Founder Julie Cleasby on a range of topics including massage and yogas updates and also business set up
  • You’ll receive a 95 page infant massage instructor handbook containing all the information from the course.
  • You’ll also receive an electronic resource folder containing handouts for your courses, video demonstrations and assessment sheets.
  • You’ll undertake practical assessments with parents and babies (volunteers permitting).
  • Assessment fees.
  • Ongoing support throughout your post course self-directed study.
  • Access to links with fellow instructors and trainees as well as access to an online forum just for instructors.
  • Access to our monthly newsletter.
  • Opportunities for discounts on further courses.
  • Access to further study and review days.
Which infant massage instructor course is right for me?

The following four choices allow you to study for a diploma in teaching infant massage within a location, time frame and environment that works for you.

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Why should I learn how to be a baby massage instructor?

Really enjoyed the massage and yoga training that I attended. It was fun and very comprehensive. I felt at ease throughout and left at the end feeling like this is something I can do. There is heaps of support and feedback and small class sizes mean lots of time to practice and get individual feedback. I would happily recommend the classes.
Jen Rose, March 2018

I attended to 1 day Baby Massage course with Kate having completed Modules 1-3 at home. A great day of hand on training in a relaxed and small, friendly group. We had lots of teaching practise which I was quite nervous to begin with but Kate was really positive about our teaching and helped reinforce points as we went through each stroke. I would recommend this course to anyone thinking of training in baby massage. The pre course learning, the course itself and the handbook are excellent. I can't wait to start my case study groups and 121 case studies!
Christine Saunders, November 2017

Training in baby massage with to baby and beyond was excellent! Very thorough training and really helpful to do the case studies and get to practice teaching before being thrown into the deep end! The level of support after qualifying is fantastic, with the Facebook group and access to contact Julie and the tutors there is always someone there to answer any questions or give advice.
Heather Turner, September 2017

Really enjoyed the massage and yoga training that I attended. It was fun and very comprehensive. I felt at ease throughout and left at the end feeling like this is something I can do. There is heaps of support and feedback and small class sizes mean lots of time to practice and get individual feedback. I would happily recommend the classes.
Jen Rose, March 2018

I recently attended the Baby and Beyond One Day Infant Massage training course. For anyone in a position, as I was, where being away from home/work for days at a time can be a problem, this course was a fantastic. I did not feel that I had to compromise on the content covered because the pre-course material acted as a fantastic overview of what we would be learning on the day. We also received a high quality, comprehensive handbook on the day, which I can see proving invaluable to my continued learning. Julie was professional, supportive and coherent in her teaching, which made all the difference to my confidence in applying the skills I learned on the course. I would highly recommend the course to anyone looking to train as an infant massage instructor, especially if time away from home/work is an issue.
Robyn Irwin, July 2016

I qualified with Julie in autumn 2010 as an Infant Massage Instructor. I run local ‘drop-in massage’ sessions at a few locations and also offer 1-2-1 courses in parent's own homes for them to learn baby massage in a way that is most relevant to them. I absolutely love teaching and how easy it has been to fit my business in with my own life. I'm about to take a break though as I’m due with our next baby in about 10 days!

I qualified as an Infant Massage Instructor with Julie in Nov 2011 whilst I was on maternity leave. I have set up Happy Hands Baby Massage in Teddington and work this around my day job as an Events Manager and my young family. I hope to expand Happy Hands as our family grows and family needs change. Ideally I hope Happy Hands will one day be my main business and hope to add baby yoga, pregnancy massage & more for a rounded experience for mums. There are lots of babies in my area so I am hoping for word of mouth to help me along the way!

I really enjoyed the Infant baby massage distance learning course. I’ve got great support and quick reply to questions I had. Julie was great to work with over our Skype session. My assignments were send back really quickly after marking with feedback that is useful. I recommend the course for anyone interested in taking the distance course. Very happy with this company. Thank you for all the great support and it was great working with you.
Rozanne du Preez
South Africa

  • UK Open Courses

    These 1 and 2-day infant massage instructor courses involve a small group at a choice of UK venues including Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, London, Doncaster, Manchester, Hull, Plymouth, Bournemouth, Glasgow or your own home or workplace.

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  • One-to-one

    This intensive 1-day baby massage teacher training course is just for individual learners and takes place in your own home or at our venue in West Sussex.

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  • Home Distance Learning

    Our distance learning infant massage instructor training uses Email, Skype and video presentations which allow you to learn how to teach baby massage in your own home and in your own time.

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